Catholic-Muslim dialogue takes step forward as dates are set

The dates of November 4-6 have been set for dialogue between Catholic leaders and two dozen Muslim scholars and leaders to meet in Rome; Pope Benedict XVI will meet with the Muslim delegates on the last day of the meetings. According to a Vatican news release, the theme of the seminar will be _Love of God, Love of Neighbor.’ Several thematic issues will be discussed – Theological and Spiritual Foundations on the first day, Human Dignity and Mutual Respect on the second day. On the third and final day, a public session will be held. The meeting grew out of a Vatican response from a letter to the Pope signed by 138 Muslim delegates, after insensitive comments made by Pope Benedict in 2006.